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Scientific advances, technology development and their prospects drive of industrial change towards new market opportunities and growth. Society at large is often the driver of the innovation process from which, in turn, it receives most of the benefits (in socio-economic terms). In such an economic system, it has been demonstrated that the sub-national regional dimension is one of the key enabling levels in Europe at which to foster enterprise innovation and competitiveness. This fact is especially valid when small and medium enterprises are referred to, which in turn represent the engine of the present European economic system.

The result of an exploratory study promoted by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in collaboration with the ESTO network presents this argument from the angle of the possible contributions of forward technological analyses to enterprise success and regional economic growth. The rational of the study is briefly introduced hereafter.

Technology foresight studies are often implemented to provide a reference, not only for research or industrial organisation strategies but especially to strengthen the policy- making process aimed at the modernisation of a given economic system to obtain the maximum benefit for society. Nevertheless, the extent to which these prospective studies are used in the policy-making process, especially at regional level, has not been satisfactorily addressed.

Additional information

Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19574 EN (2000), 103pp, Euro: free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN: Not available
Record Number: 200012939 / Last updated on: 2000-12-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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